The “World’s Largest Picture Frame” has officially opened in the UAE. Known as the Dubai Frame, the structure is the latest in the city’s line of eye-catching mega projects. The location of the giant rectangular frame is Zabeel Park and was carefully chosen to give visitors the best view of both old and new Dubai.
The project comprises a 150-metre-high, 93-metre-wide structure being built to resemble a huge picture frame, through which landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama.
The Dubai Frame Facts
- The frame measures 150 metres high and 93 metres wide.
- The two towers are connected by a 100-square-metre bridge, which has a 25-square-metre glass panel in the middle offering a great 360 degree view.
- It was designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, who also designed Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower.
- Exterior design of Dubai Frame was inspired from the logo of Expo 2020.
- There is a museum on the ground floor that will showcase Dubai’s transformation from fishing village to metropolis.
- It is predicted the frame will become a major tourist destination in the city, like the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab.
- The project is worth Dhs160 million.
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Experiencing the Dubai Frame
The concept takes the visitors to a journey through time on three different levels: old Dubai, present Dubai and future Dubai.
Old Dubai. Starting from the mezzanine level the visitors experience the old Dubai: projections, mist effects, smells, and motion that creates an immersive mood setting of space. The Past Gallery describes the project and tells the story of city’s evolution and the old city.
Present Dubai. Visitors are taken to the second experience on the Sky deck level representing the present Dubai. They experience 360 degree views of Dubai, “Old Dubai” to the north, and “New Dubai” to the south. This is supported by augmented reality activated screens, by which the visitors can identify buildings and landmarks and exploring interesting facts or observing buildings and landmarks. Also a glass floor 48 floors above the ground waits for the brave.
Future Dubai. Finally the visitors exit the elevator onto the mezzanine floor and pass through a swirl tunnel with special audio and visual effects. The idea is to create an illusion of time travel through a warp swirl and arriving into the city 50 years ahead.
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